NOTE: With Nicky unable to attend the recent “American Luxury Whiskey Tasting” sponsored by Pearson’s Wine at Prohibition, I was joined instead by Bernard (aka The Woodpecker) for an afternoon of some fine whiskey and conversation. “Drinking Bourbon and Rye at Atlanta’s Only Speakeasy” by guest blogger, Bernard “The Woodpecker” My adventure starts with a …
We have mentioned before the number of famous American bartenders who fled to Europe at the on-set of prohibition. Among those was Harry Craddock. Craddock was a well-respected New York bartender; most celebrated as head bartender of the Hoffman House. In 1920 he found himself behind the bar at the Savoy Hotel American Bar in … Continue reading Vintage Cocktail Project: The Calvados Cocktail
I don’t think there is a more misunderstood liquor than absinthe. To this day, if you ask people about it, you’ll get questions like, “Isn’t that the stuff that makes you hallucinate?” or “Doesn’t it make you go insane?” Yet, in all the research that has been done in recent years there is no evidence … Continue reading Lucid at Prohibition
While Ted Haigh doesn’t have much to say about the origins of this cocktail, he does mention that it was originally published in The Official Mixer’s Manual in 1934 by Patrick Gavin Duffy. Fortunately, I was given a copy of the 1948 version by Katruska on my last birthday, so I was able to get … Continue reading Vintage Cocktail Project: The Blinker
Once upon a time, there lived a poor woman and her son in Seville, Spain. This boy’s name was Juan and he had a dream of becoming a famous bull fighter. So, he pursued his impossible dream against his mother’s wishes and became one of the most prominent toreador’s in all of Spain. When became … Continue reading Vintage Cocktail Project: Blood and Sand
I’ve often heard that good things come in small packages. This can also be true of poorly named ones. The Bebbo cocktail is yet another libation in Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails with an unfortunate name (see The Monkey’s Gland if you need another). It does however have an excellent taste and isn’t that what … Continue reading Vintage Cocktail Project – The Bebbo Cocktail
In 1918, Count Arnaud Cazenave, opened the doors to his famous (at times infamous) Arnaud’s on the Rue Bienville in New Orleans. Although he had no actual claim to royalty, he used his self-imposed title to start a restaurant with the goal of serving high quality Creole cooking. But, he was also a man that believed … Continue reading Vintage Cocktail Project: Arnaud’s Special Cocktail
January 16, 1919, was a dark day indeed. On that date Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment outlawing alcohol, with the hopes of putting an end to drunkenness, crime, mental illness, and poverty. Prohibition actually led to an increase in organized crime and resentment toward the federal government ran rampant. Americans endured 13 years of Prohibition … Continue reading Celebrate your freedom to imbibe today!